By Fatik al-Rodaini
SANA'A, April 13, 2012- Yemeni authorities sent on Friday armored vehicles, tanks, and hundreds of soldiers to Abyan province as military reinforcements to join battles of Yemeni army backed by tribesmen against Al-Qaeda militants in the province.
Military reinforcements, which included troops from Security forces and Republican guards units, were received by new governor of Abyan, Jamal al-Akel.
Furthermore, Yemeni air forces hit on Friday two air strikes against al-Qaeda militants in Modea district of Yemen’s southern province of Abyan where swaths of towns are controlled by the militant group, Ansar al-Sharia, an offshoot of al-Qaeda.
First air strike was hit al-Fredh area while the second was hit Sora al-Sheikh 15 km east of Modia district, no casualties were reported.
The clashes took place in Abyan province between Yemeni forces backed by tribesmen and Islamic militants in continued clashes for the fifth consecutive day in which at least 200 militants were killed and dozens were wounded.